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2022 Bono and The Edge of U2 play an acoustic set at a subway station in Kyiv that has been converted into a bomb shelter. Their appearance is in support of Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia months earlier.

2012 Fiona Apple releases "Every Single Night," her first new song since 2005. The song is a visceral expression of her internal struggle, as she sings about how every single night is a fight with her brain.

2012 Tom Gabel, lead singer of the Florida punk band Against Me!, comes out as transgender and announces he will undergo gender reassignment surgery, becoming Laura Jane Grace.More

2009 San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders declares "Adam Lambert Day" after Lambert's performance of "Black Or White" and "Mad World" on American Idol.

2008 Crosby Loggins, son of Kenny Loggins, wins the first and only season of MTV's Rock The Cradle, a singing competition featuring the offspring of celebrity musicians. Runners-up are Jesse Blaze Snider, son of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Chloe Lattanzi, daughter of Olivia Newton-John.

2008 Country singer Eddy Arnold dies in Nashville, Tennessee, a week before his 90th birthday.

2001 Sum 41 release their debut studio album, All Killer, No Filler.

2001 The road manager for Insane Clown Posse is arrested at an Omaha show for attacking an Eminem supporter who was tossing M&M candies on stage to taunt ICP about their Detroit rival.

2001 Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black welcome their daughter Lily Pearl Black.

1999 Jazz singer Leon Thomas dies of heart failure at age 62.

1995 Rick Nelson receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1993 The newly formed Backstreet Boys give their very first public performance, at SeaWorld Orlando.

1992 Will Smith (AKA the Fresh Prince) marries a songwriter named Sheree Zampino, who is pregnant with their son Trey. The couple will divorce in 1995.

1991 Bohemian-born pianist Rudolf Serkin dies of cancer at age 88.

1990 A jury orders Frito-Lay to pay Tom Waits $2.5 million for imitating his voice in a Doritos radio commercial. The case goes all the way to the Supreme Court, which upholds the ruling.

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Dylan Makes Original Lyric Video


D.A. Pennebaker films Bob Dylan in one of the earliest music videos ever shot, the famous "flashcard" clip for "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

A little under seven months after Dylan records "Subterranean Homesick Blues" for Bringing it all Back Home, he and D.A. Pennebaker film a video to go with the song. In the video, Dylan flips through a series of cue cards that have bits of the song's lyrics written on them. There are intentional mistakes such as "success" being misspelled as "suckcess" and "20 dollar bills" when the lyrics say "11 dollar bills." The clip is used as the opening shot for Pennebaker's documentary Don't Look Back, which chronicles Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the clip, while Dylan stands in an alley near the Savoy Hotel in London flipping the cue cards and looking mostly bored, two men appear momentarily in the background. One of the men is Dylan's friend and '60s socialite-to-the-stars Bob Neuwrith (also co-writer of "Mercedes Benz"), and the other is Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is in part an homage to the Beat poets, so Ginsberg's presence is fitting. Ginsberg and Dylan met personally in December of 1963. From that point on, they had a close relationship both personally and artistically. Neuwrith appears throughout Don't Look Back, along with Joan Baez. He's one of the writers of the cue cards, as were Ginsberg, Donovan, and Dylan. Along with being featured at the start of Pennebaker's documentary, the "Subterranean Homesick Blues" music video is used as a trailer to promote the film. In this trailer version, the words "Surfacing Here Soon | Bob Dylan in | Don't Look Back by D. A. Pennebaker" are superimposed over the ending of the video. The "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video is referenced, satirized, and imitated for centuries to come, including in 1987 by INXS in their video for "Mediate" and in 2010 when it's used as a promotional video at the launch of Google Instant.



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